Students in the Reach Out Lab

At a glance

  • Five days 
  • Residential
  • Year 11 students
  • Eligibility criteria apply
  • Applications will open in January 2019

This residential summer school aims to address the challenge of progressing from GCSE to A-level in science subjects, which many students find to be a significant jump.

Students will work in project groups within their chosen subject strand and will undertake a practical investigation during the week. Supported by undergraduate mentors, students will tackle challenges within biology, chemistry or physics.

Chemists will cover topics such as synthetic and analytical chemistry across the physical, organic and inorganic disciplines; Biologists will look into the behaviour of living systems from the level of cells up to whole organisms and ecosystems; and Physicists will explore fundamental and applied physics.

Projects will be developed in conjunction with researchers aiming to use up-to-date techniques and equipment to solve problems in a similar way to university groups, with hands-on exposure to labs.

This programme is residential and students will experience broader university life through a series of social activities as well as time to relax and share experiences with other participants and undergraduate mentors.

At the end of the week there will be an academic-style conference where each project group will present a poster detailing their investigation, including methodology, data analysis and conclusions to their peers, leaders and invited guests.


If you have any queries in regards to your application or summer schools in general, please see our General FAQs in the first instance.

If your query is not answered in the FAQs, please email us via or phone +44 (0) 20 7594 7328.

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Further info

Eligibility criteria

This programme is fully funded by Imperial College London and therefore Eligibility criteria‌ apply.

How to apply

Applications are now closed. For further information, please read our Application FAQs.